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Birmingham Canal Museum Do we need one can we get one? Have a look and complete the survey to give your views. If you are organizing a UK canal or river event that you would like added to this list please let me know.

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Barmby-on-the-Marsh Village Barrage
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I am also webmaster for the following waterways sites Railway & Canal Historical Society
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Quote of the day No 191

Thursday 18 December 2014

THE horse plodded along the towpath of the Glamorganshire Canal. Abercynon locks had been passed, and the waterway ran high on the western shoulder of the Taff valley, Merthyr Tydfil a few miles ahead. Below, and beyond the river, a horizontal line along the hill marked the tracks of the Penydarren tramroad, a horse-operated plateway serving local ironworks. Evan Williams at the tiller was keen sighted; he could see a feather of smoke appear on the line, and a four-wheeled, tall-chimneyed iron contraption move ponderously down, behind it a string of small trucks, some filled with iron, others with men. Faintly the rattle and thump of its passing was carried to him across the valley, before the barge-horse’s clopping hoof-beats again became the only noise he heard. The date was Tuesday, 21 February 1804; the engine Richard Trevithick’s, first locomotive to propel itself along a railway track, a phenomenon and a portent.

Yet change came slowly. Not until 1841 was the Taff Vale Railway opened up the valley, nor till 1898 was the upper section of the canal closed, defeated at last by the locomotive. Today, the mineral lines that honeycomb the Welsh valleys are themselves contracting before the omnipresent motor lorry; contracting, but not yet defeated. For heavy traffic, roads yielded to canals; they to railways, who have now lost predominance once more to roads, and to pipelines also. In transport there is no finality—only transition, new and old and older overlapping, gaining, losing, as needs, direction of flow, techniques, dictate.

Charles Hadfield - The Canal Age

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